As news of the affair between Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and former staffer Vikki Campion reverberates through the country, an old ad of the senator’s has resurfaced and boy, it is cringeworthy.
With its resurgence, there are two lessons the 50-year-old Nationals member is quickly learning. One: Don’t joke about infidelity when you’re guilty of it yourself. Two: The internet, bless it, never forgets.
It’s a 2016 advertisement produced by the Nationals in support to Joyce, who was up against the former member Tony Windsor to win the seat of New England.
After almost a decade in the seat, Windsor resigned in 2013 to work with the then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Joyce held the seat for three years but, in 2016, Windsor contested once again.
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The ad shows two women talking in a coffee shop when one receives a text from Windsor asking: “Hey New England, how about another chance?”
A conversation ensues, in which Windsor is accused of leaving a long relationship with this ‘woman’ (AKA New England) to pursue an affair with ‘another woman’ called Julia (AKA Gillard).
“He ran off with Julia.” “It ended badly.” “He wants another chance,” the women in the advertisement say to each other.
Oh, the irony.